Blackrock College RFC 11pts – Trinity 10pts; September 11th 2015
After a great week of training in good weather, Trinity travelled out to Blackrock and played a game in torrential rain. It did not suit either team, as both clubs were looking to play ball in hand rugby.
Trinity scored first up, when off an over thrown line out, second row Raef Tyrell charged over from close in. Blackrock came back and kicked a penalty after the students were judged to be off-side.
Both teams struggled to hold the ball, as every tackle seemed to cause a turnover.
In the second half Trinity dominated early on and should have increased their lead, but a well worked line out drive which looked a clear score, was not given and then they dropped the ball over the line. These two opportunities would always look to bite the students, and this is how it turned out.
Blackrock scored a try from close in after a line out drive. Trinity came back to create multiple phases. The home team infringed for Conor Kearns to step up and kick a penalty.
Trinity continued to attack but could not keep the ball alive to really put the Rock line under pressure.
In the dying minutes Blackrock inevitably got into kicking distance, and when the penalty came they kicked the points to win the game.
This was a poor performance by Trinity in difficult conditions against a highly motivated team. They will have to lift their performance if they hope to compete for honors this season.
Trinity now travel to Oxford to play in the World Universities Cup in Oxford University. They play Siberian Federal University and University of British Columbia on Tuesday, followed by New Zealand Universities on Friday morning. If they progress they play the final or play off for positions on Monday 21st September.
15 Jack Fitzpatrick, 14 Kingsley McGowan, 13 Michael Courtney (Seb Fromm 60), 12 Paddy Lavelle, 11 Killian O’Leary, 10 Conor Kearns, 9 Angus Lloyd (Brian Slater 40), 1 Eric O’Sullivan, 2 Jack Boland (Richard Halpin 40), 3 Andy Keating, 4 Jack Burke, 5 Raef Tyrell, 6 Conor Gleeson, 7 Dermot O’Flynn, 8 Tom Ryan